Monday, September 03, 2012

DIY Marquee Letters

I first saw this project on Oh Happy Day-- made from foam board, poster board, lights, and a little spray paint for a movie night event.

I loved it enough that I wanted something similar for the space above my kitchen cabinets.




I followed their instructions with a few modifications. (For their detailed instructions, visit here).




I hand drew the outline for the letters on the foam board. The ampersand was a little challenging. The pencil's eraser was my best friend.

My cousin Jenna cut out the letters with a utility knife. Thanks, Jenna! :)




I used tacky glue instead of tape to outline the letters with the poster board. I did use a few pieces of tape for reinforcement, but I found I got a tighter fit with glue.




The hardest part was planning out the placement of the light bulbs. I used one long strand of outdoor party lights I picked up from Target. Planning out the spacing and how the light strand would go from letter to letter took some time. Make sure you do all your measuring a couple of times before cutting the holes.




Apple Red is the perfect color for these letters.




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11 comments:

  1. I wanted to make sure and tell you--it is so cute! I bet that splash of color looks great above the kitchen cabinets.

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  2. the cape on the cornerSeptember 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    oh my gosh, good for you! and i love your blog look, too.

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  3. It looks so great! I think it is the perfect accent decoration! I can't wait to see it in person

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  4. Thanks, Jenna. You're welcome to come over whenever you like to see it. :)

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  5. Thanks! When it's all lit up, it definitely is a bold statement, but I love that. :)

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  6. This is SUPER cute! Great job -the red looks awesome!

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  7. Laura @ Finding HomeOctober 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    So fun and vibrant - love the red so much! Thanks so much for sharing at our link party. Take care, Laura

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  8. What a fun and original idea!

    Thanks so much for sharing at our spray paint link party!

    :)

    Linda

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  9. How did you get the outside borders to fit? We're trying to do Happy Day's mini circus lights & it's killing us!! So fiddly & tricky to get the outside strips to fit to the letter outline. Did it take you forever?! Yours look great!

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  10. Thanks! Oh Happy Day's tutorial used just tape to hold it together, but I found more success with running a small bead of tacky glue along the edges. It took a bit more time, but when I was finished there weren't any gaps.

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